For more serious crimes â€“ sexual assaults for example â€“ trained officers may lead a meeting between an offender and their support network, and a victim and their support network, in a conference.
This can work as part of the sentencing process, or at a later date.
Mr Merry: â€œThe skill is knowing when it is appropriate â€“ not when it is too raw for the victim, but not before they have moved on.
â€œThere is an optimum time, but it can happen whenever it is that that victim needs it to help get closure.â€…
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